Biology: What is it?
Modelling life. Biology is the science of life. Mathematical biology
transforms the processes of living systems into model systems of
equations. Mathematical analysis of these models helps us to
understand the roles and interactions of different components of the
system. These relationships are often complex and surprising! We can
also use models to make predictions and conduct experiments.
Mathematical biology spans all areas of the life sciences, from
molecular biochemistry to ecology. In Bath our expertise is in
population dynamics, including human and wildlife epidemiology, ecology
Centre for Mathematical Biology
The Centre was set up in 1994 to facilitate interdisciplinary
collaboration between mathematicians, biologists and other
scientists at the University of Bath. Its membership
includes about twenty academic staff, their postdoctoral
researchers and postgraduate students.
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We run three units for Univeristy of Bath maths undergraduates:
Mathematical Biology 1 and 2 and Mathematical Modelling in
Epidemiology, Ecology and Evolution. We run two units for University of
Bath biology undergraduates: Modelling the Dynamics of Life 1 and 2. We
are also happy to supervise maths undergraduate
There is a vibrant mathematical biology PhD research
community in the CMB.
We supervise projects in a range of topics from epidemiology, ecology,
evolution and pharmacokinetics. PhD
applications from well qualified candidates are
We welcome visits from academics, researchers and potential students.
If you would like to come, contact a member with similar
interests to your own.
August 2013: Nick Britton (plenary), Mickael Teixeira Alves
and Daniel Franco speaking, Frank Hilker and Daniel Franco
organising a minisymposium, at MPDE13 (Models in Population Dynamics
Ecology 2013), Osnabrueck, Germany.
July 2013: Jose
Morano (Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain) visiting to
collaborate on epidemiological modelling.
14 June 2013: Nick
attendee at the
CanPolIn (Canadian Pollination Initiative) workshop in Arizona.
10-13 June 2013:
Nick Britton, Finn McQuaid and Hannah Woodall presenting at the annual
SMB meeting in Tempe, Arizona.
May - July 2013: Jorge
Falcon (Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica, Morelos, Mexico) visiting
as part of his PhD, to study with Ben Adams on dengue epidemiology.
April 2013: Nick
Britton speaking to the Edinburgh Mathematial Society at the University
February 2013 - September
Teixeira-Alves will join the CMB as a visiting postdoc from INRA/INRIA
Sophia Antipolis (France) to work with Frank Hilker on modelling pest
Publication in Journal of Theoretical Biology, "Predator-prey
oscillations can shift when diseases become endemic", co-authored by
Andrew Bate and Frank Hilker
January 20-27, 2013: Eduardo Liz
(University of Vigo, Spain) visiting to collaborate with Frank Hilker
and Daniel Franco on chaos control
2012: Katy Gaythorpe, Jennifer Jones and Andrew Woodford
join the CMB as PhD students. Katy will be working with Ben Adams on
models for improving the contorl of infectious diseases after natural
disasters. Jennifer and Andrew will be working on pharmacokinetic
models for non-invasive drug monitoring.
2012 - August 2013: Daniel Franco from UNED (Universidad
Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, Madrid) visiting.
10 -13, 2012: MPDE12 (Models in Population Dynamics and
Ecology 2012) conference, Santa Maria, Brazil. Nick Britton giving